Senate Appropriations Committee releases Foreign Ops bill, report references HPTN 052

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The Senate Appropriations Committee released the full text of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Foreign Operations appropriations bill Friday.  

“The Committee is aware of the findings of the HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 for reductions in the transmission of HIV,” according to the report accompanying the bill. “The US global AIDS coordinator is directed to consult with the Committee on the work of S/GAC Scientific Advisory Board on HPTN 052, including how US assistance in a constrained environment could most effectively prevent HIV transmission through [antiretroviral] treatment and other proven interventions.”

As Science Speaks reported earlier, the committee agreed Wednesday to provide $7.9 billion for global health programs for the 2012 fiscal year beginning October 1 – $810 million below what President Obama requested for these programs and about $75 million above current funding levels – according to a committee press release. This included $5.25 billion in funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – a cut of $90 million from FY 2011 levels – and $750 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – the same funding level from FY 2011. Global TB programs were also flat-funded at $225 million.

Stay tuned to Science Speaks for updates.

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